By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government to perish the contemplation of imposing a state of emergency in Anambra state ahead of the November 6 governorship election.
The caution became necessary following an interview granted to the state house Press Corps by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami that a State of Emergency may be declared in Anambra state if the ongoing spate of killings and destruction of public utilities continues.
The PDP in a statement on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan stated that the “move to foist an emergency rule in Anambra state is a ploy by the APC-led government to suppress the people, manipulate the process and rig the governorship election for the APC and its candidate.
“Our party demands that the APC and its administration should come clean on their roles in the sudden rise in insecurity in Anambra state ahead of the election” PDP stated.
The major opposition party said that it’s position is predicated on apprehensions in the public space that the spate of insecurity in Anambra is contrived to heighten tension in the state so as to derail the democratic process to the advantage of the APC.
The PDP insisted that the Federal Government has the capacity to ensure peace in Anambra before, during and even after the election, if it so desired and called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC Federal Government to be guided accordingly.
PDP also charged the people of Anambra state to remain calm and alert as well as take steps within the ambits of the law to resist plots by the APC to derail the electoral process in its inordinate ambition to seize Anambra through the back door.
Many prominent Anambra leaders including Chike Akunyili, the husband of late Minister of Information Dora Akunyili, the driver of Hon. Chris Azubogu, the police security securing a town meeting organised by the APGA candidate Prof. Charles Soludo and many more have been killed by unknown gunmen in the state.